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Explore Amsterdam at City Lit: 5 Fun Facts About King’s Day

Story added 20th Apr 2017

Photo courtesy of IAmsterdam-website (www.iamsterdam.com),

Ahead of our Explore Amsterdam workshop on the 29th April, it would be remiss of us not to take a moment to look ahead to King’s Day on the 27th April, the Netherlands’ national holiday celebrating its monarchy and traditions.

King's Day looks set to turn every other monarchy green with envy as the city of Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands turn a bright shade of orange to celebrate their royal family. The celebrations often see giant street parties take place in towns and cities across the country, a particular bonus if you’ve just happened to plan a trip next weekend (prepare to have a great time!).

Here are 5 fun facts about this famous Dutch bank holiday:

* Until 2013, the holiday was called Koninginnedag (Queen's Day) in honour of former Dutch monarch Queen Beatrix. Following her abdication, her son Willem-Alexander took up the throne, and the day was renamed Koningsdag (King's Day) to reflect that change.

* Why does everyone wear Orange on King’s Day? It’s simple, really; orange is worn on King’s Day as a show of pride for the Dutch royal family – the House of Orange-Nassau. If you’re fortunate enough to be at a street party, you’ll be expected to dress head to toe in orange to make the very most of the festivities.

* Expect to eat well. Sales of popular Dutch delicacy tompouce (a delicate pastry sweet treat) go up by 600% every King’s Day.

* Amsterdam is the place to be on King’s Day, with the capital welcoming over 250,000 extra people to come and enjoy the country’s biggest street party.

* It’s a great day to grab a bargain. For one day only, Amsterdam becomes one big street flea market.  Anyone is welcome to set up a stall and try their hand at being a market trader for the day. If you’re more into selling than buying, you can even turn a tasty profit – on average, vendors can make €90 on King’s Day.

Always been fascinated by Dutch culture and the vibrant city of Amsterdam? Booking a city break to the Dutch capital in the next few months? You can still book a place on our Explore Amsterdam workshop and further your knowledge of this great city.